Weekend Cooking: On a Stick by Matt Armendariz
With my love of everything miniature, it’s only natural I’d love a cookbook featuring 80 recipes for mini meals and treats impaled on a variety of sticks. Matt Armendariz’s On a Stick appeals to readers on so many levels: there are whimsical recipes, food photographs that will leave you salivating, and clear, simple recipes that even I can follow!
A food photographer based in Los Angeles, Matt is in his element when it comes to food. His blog, Matt Bites, is a photographic marvel; the food staging alone is enough to keep me coming back each day. His witty content and gorgeous photos elevate his website into the upper echelon of the foodie blogs.
While many of the recipes are classics, their unique presentation, reworked ingredient lists, and accompanying sauces lend pizzaz to tried and true goodies. The format of this book–bright, landscape pages with brilliant photos–lends itself to inspiration; even the most bumbling of chefs, myself included, will be motivated to get into the kitchen.
Cocktails on a stick? Yes, please! Does it get more fun than this?
This book would be such a terrific hostess or bridal shower gift and all the courses are covered. The recipes are great for parties and they definitely have potential with kids. The novelty of eating food from a stick might be enough to sway the pickiest eaters into trying their veggies!
Published in May by Quirk Books, On a Stick is my new go-to cookbook for fun food with a great presentation. I’ll be kissing my traditional Halloween cupcakes goodbye in favor of popcorn balls on a stick for this year’s party.
Quirk Books has such fun offerings, too (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, anyone?). I’m looking forward to reviewing their upcoming release, Cookiepedia (September 6th); the mere thought of baking cookies has me counting the days until Christmas!
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Candace over at Beth Fish Reads.